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Pacific Northwest AER

Who Are We?

The Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) is a professional membership organization dedicated to professionals who provide services to persons with vision loss. We promote and support the professions by advocating for evidence-based practices, high-quality standards, value-added resources, and giving voice to issues of critical importance.

We provide professional development through conferences, virtual offerings, and publications to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and abilities of professionals within the field.

PNW AER is Washington State’s chapter of AER. Each chapter is unique with locations throughout United States and Canada.

Our Purpose

The purpose of PNW AER shall be to support the professionals of the State of Washington who provide education and rehabilitation services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired by:

(1) Offering professional development through conferences, seminars, publications, leadership training experiences, and any other means of promoting professional growth and education

(2) Promoting professionalism through encouraging university training and professional credentials, adopting and adhering to high-quality standards and professional codes of ethics for individuals and agencies, and encouraging interdisciplinary cooperation in the field.

(3) Working to improve and expand services for individuals with visual impairments by promoting/encouraging research, innovative program development, public policy benefiting persons who are blind or visually impaired; and the professionals who work with them; and a forum for discussion of issues and opportunities related to service delivery.

Why Become A Member?

Why is this important? Because by becoming a member of AER, you join a community of excellence. No matter your role or the number of years in the field, membership in AER places you among a group of elite professionals. AER is a member-centered organization that supports each other; and for that reason, we constantly evolving, growing, and listening. Membership in AER is significant: it’s the one place where like-minded professionals come together to make sure we all have what we need to succeed!

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